There are two pathways for BASc curriculum – (1) Cultures / Societies; (2) Physical World / Biological / Human Sciences. Within each Pathway, students have to complete five elective courses (at year 1-4 level) across all three faculties. Specifically, they cannot take more than two courses from the same faculty for each pathway, or more than four courses from the same faculty in total for both pathways. While some courses are listed on both Pathways, a successful completion of any one of these courses will count towards the requirement of one Pathway only.

Students would have the opportunity to write their own study plan, to take courses outside of the two prescribed pathways, if they demonstrate a convincing ability to devise and follow a well-articulated study plan, as approved by the Board of Studies.


Pathway Courses offered by
Cultures / Societies Faculty of Arts Faculty of Science Faculty of Social Sciences


Physical World / Biological / Human Sciences Faculty of Arts Faculty of Science Faculty of Social Sciences
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1. Cultures / Societies pathway
ARAB1021 Introduction to Arabic culture (6 credits)
ARTH1001 Introduction to Western art history (6 credits)
ARTH1006 Art and society (6 credits)
ARTH1008 Introduction to the arts of Asia: Past and present (6 credits)
ARTH2025 The art of the Baroque ca 1560-1720 (6 credits)
ARTH2027 The formation of modernity: Art in Europe, 1840-1890 (6 credits)
ARTH2051 Art, politics, and society in modern China (6 credits)
ARTH2055 Crossing cultures: China and the outside world (6 credits)
ARTH2056 Museum studies workshop (6 credits)
ARTH2092 Photography in North America (6 credits)
CHIN1103 Introduction to standard works in modern Chinese literature (6 credits)
CHIN1115 Study of the Confucian canons and modern society (6 credits)
CHIN1118 Introduction to classical Chinese literature (6 credits)
CHIN1119 Introduction to literary studies (6 credits)
CHIN1120 Global approaches to Chinese literature (6 credits)
CHIN1124 Chinese dialects and sociolinguistics (6 credits)
CHIN1125 Trends of modern Chinese literary thoughts (6 credits)
CHIN1126 Introduction to classical Chinese popular literature (6 credits)
CHIN1203 Chinese history and culture in the twentieth century (6 credits)
CHIN1206 Introduction to Chinese thought (6 credits)
CHIN1207 Traditional Chinese culture (6 credits)
CHIN1211 Economic and social development in China (6 credits)
CHIN1213 Folklore and modern Chinese culture (6 credits)
CHIN1214 Chinese and western cultures: a comparative study (6 credits)
CHIN2127 Classical Chinese fiction (6 credits)
CHIN2149 Chinese language from social perspectives (6 credits)
CHIN2164 The Analects and Chinese culture (6 credits)
CHIN2175 Historical-Comparative Linguistics and Chinese Dialectology (6 credits)
CHIN2176 Chinese Children’s Literature (6 credits)
CHIN2234 History of Chinese political institutions (6 credits)
CHIN2235 Sources and methodology (6 credits)
CHIN2241 History of Chinese civilization (6 credits)
CHIN2243 History of Chinese science and civilization (6 credits)
CHIN2266 History education and Chinese culture (6 credits)
CHIN2268 History of China-West cultural exchanges (6 credits)
CHIN2273 Socio-economic history of China (6 credits)
CHIN2274 History of material culture (6 credits)
CHIN2278 Travel and economic development in Chinese history (6 credits)
CLIT1008 Ways of reading: Film, literature, and culture (6 credits)
CLIT1009 Introduction to postcolonialism and culture (6 credits)
CLIT1010 Ways of thinking about culture and society (6 credits)
CLIT2007 Film culture I (6 credits)
CLIT2016 The body in culture (6 credits)
CLIT2026 Digital culture (6 credits)
CLIT2045 Colonialism/ postcolonialism (6 credits)
CLIT2050 Globalization and culture (6 credits)
CLIT2052 Chinese urban culture (6 credits)
CLIT2064 Hong Kong culture: Popular arts and everyday life (6 credits)
CLIT2065 Hong Kong culture: Representations of identity in literature and film (6 credits)
CLIT2083 Film art, language and culture (6 credits)
CLIT2085 Hong Kong: Community and cultural policy in the global context (6 credits)
CLIT2087 Modern Chinese culture and society: Rebellions and revolutions (6 credits)
CLIT2088 Critical approaches to film studies (6 credits)
CLIT2097 Independent documentaries: Theory and practice (6 credits)
ENGL1014 Imaginary geographies: The art of writing place (6 credits)
ENGL1016 Introduction to life writing (6 credits)
ENGL1017 Introduction to sociolinguistics (6 credits)
ENGL1024 Topics in world literature (6 credits)
ENGL1025 Understanding narratives (6 credits)
ENGL1033 Intercultural communication (6 credits)
ENGL1034 Language and prejudice (6 credits)
ENGL1037 Persuasion (6 credits)
ENGL1042 World Englishes (6 credits)
ENGL1052 Introduction to theatre studies (6 credits)
ENGL1056 Introduction to language and communication (6 credits)
ENGL1057 Language, communication, society, field (6 credits)
ENGL2002 Language in society (6 credits)
ENGL2030 New Englishes (6 credits)
ENGL2045 Travel writing (6 credits)
ENGL2074 Postcolonial readings (6 credits)
ENGL2075 The idea of China (6 credits)
ENGL2097 Imagining Hong Kong (6 credits)
ENGL2103 Language and digital media (6 credits)
ENGL2120 Science fiction (6 credits)
ENGL2123 Language and identity in Hong Kong (6 credits)
ENGL2129 English as a language of science (6 credits)
ENGL2134 World literature (6 credits)
ENGL2136 Cross-cultural discourses (6 credits)
ENGL2138 Language and globalization (6 credits)
ENGL2183 Language, communication and globalization (6 credits)
ENGL2185 Health communication, ‘healthy’ communication (6 credits)
EUST2018 Early modern Atlantic worlds, c. 1500-1800 (6 credits)
EUST3020 The making of the West: From Descartes to Rorty (6 credits)
GEND2004 Gender in visual and material culture (6 credits)
HIST1016 The modern world (6 credits)
HIST1021 Introduction to modern legal history (6 credits)
HIST2031 History through film (6 credits)
HIST2110 China and the West (6 credits)
HIST2112 Technologies of empire: Science, medicine and colonialism (6 credits)
HIST2129 Living through war: Society, culture and trauma (6 credits)
HIST2138 Humanity in crisis: Humanitarianism in the modern world (6 credits)
HIST2150 Global capitalism: The last 100 years (6 credits)
HIST2190 Animals in history (6 credits)
HIST2194  Food and empire in colonial Asia (6 credits)
HIST3065 Workshop in historical research (6 credits)
HKGS1001 Hong Kong's long twentieth century (6 credits)
HKGS2009 We are what we eat: Hong Kong food and foodways (6 credits)
JAPN2090 Growing up in Japan: Youth, culture and society (6 credits)
JAPN2091 Introduction to Pre-Modern Japan (6 credits)
LING2056 Sociolinguistics (6 credits)
MUSI1004 Introduction to musics of the world (6 credits)
PHIL1034 Ethics and politics, East and West: an introduction to philosophy (6 credits)
PHIL2010 Plato (6 credits)
PHIL2140 Philosophy of social science (6 credits)
BIOL1201. Introduction to food and nutrition (6 credits)
BIOL2101. Principles of food chemistry (6 credits)
BIOL3216. Food waste management (6 credits)
BIOL3217. Food, environment and health (6 credits)
BIOL3218. Food hygiene and quality control (6 credits)
EASC1401. Blue Planet (6 credits)
EASC1403. Geological heritage of Hong Kong (6 credits)
ENVS1401 Introduction to environmental science (6 credits)
ENVS2001. Methods in environmental science (6 credits)
ENVS2002. Environmental data analysis (6 credits)
ENVS3004. Environment, society and economics (6 credits)
PHYS1056. Weather, climate and climate change (6 credits)
GEOG1012 Economic and social development in an urbanizing world (6 credits)
GEOG2030 Global development (6 credits)
GEOG2057 Leisure and Recreation in Modern Society (6 credits)
GEOG2078 Urban geography: growth, function and pattern of cities (6 credits)
GEOG2132 World cities (6 credits)
GEOG2133 Cities and migrants (6 credits)
GEOG3304 Tourism Policy and Planning (6 credits)
GEOG3417 Health, wellbeing, place and GIS (6 credits)
GEOG3423 Urban studies: social and cultural perspectives (6 credits)
POLI1003 Making sense of politics (6 credits)
POLI2107 Introduction to Political Theory (6 credits)
POLI3010 Democracy and its critics (6 credits)
POLI3020 Hong Kong politics (6 credits)
POLI3097 Modernity and globalization (6 credits)
PSYC1001 Introduction to psychology (6 credits)
PSYC1004 Introduction to quantitative methods in psychology (6 credits)
PSYC2019 Psychology of personality (6 credits)
PSYC2020 Fundamentals of social psychology (6 credits)
PSYC3052 Advanced social psychology (6 credits)
SOCI1001 Introduction to sociology (6 credits)
SOCI1003 Introduction to anthropology (6 credits)
SOCI2019 Modern culture and lifestyles (6 credits)
SOCI2044 Economic sociology (6 credits)
SOCI2053 Youth culture (6 credits)
SOCI2067 Crime and the media (6 credits)
SOCI2071 Criminology (6 credits)
SOCI2073 Global migration (6 credits)
SOCI2077 Media, culture and communication in contemporary China (6 credits)
SOCI2080 Media and culture in modern societies (6 credits)
SOCI2081 Sexuality, culture and identity (6 credits)
SOCI2084 Globalization and culture (6 credits)
SOCI2087 Urban society and culture (6 credits)
SOCI2091 Sociology of culture (6 credits)
SOCI3069 Crime and the city (6 credits)
SOWK2109 Working with ethnically diverse communities in Hong Kong (6 credits)
2. Physical World / Biological / Human Sciences pathway
ARTH2056 Museum studies workshop (6 credits)
ARTH2102 The connecting sea: An introduction to East Mediterranean archaeology (6 credits)
CHIN2177 Chinese Lexicology (6 credits)
CHIN2264 Chinese eroticism (6 credits)
CLIT2016 The body in culture (6 credits)
CLIT2058 Histories of sexuality (6 credits)
CLIT2100 Fugitive science: Science and technology studies (STS) approaches to facts and fakes (6 credits)
ENGL2166 English phonetics (6 credits)
ENGL2185 Health communication, ‘healthy’ communication (6 credits)
GEND1001 Introduction to Gender Studies (6 credits)
GEND2010 Feminist science and technology studies (6 credits)
HIST1020 Introduction to the history of gender and sexuality (6 credits)
HIST2048 The history of childhood and youth (6 credits)
HIST2077 Eating history: Food culture from the 19th century to the present (6 credits)
HIST2112 Technologies of empire: Science, medicine and colonialism (6 credits)
HIST2115 Sports and Chinese society (6 credits)
HIST2116 Oceans in history (6 credits)
HIST2122 The history of sport in modern Europe (6 credits)
HIST2137 Pandemic!: Contagious histories (6 credits)
HIST2140 Health, medicine and society in late imperial and modern China (6 credits)
HIST2141 Reproduction and culture in the modern world (6 credits)
HIST2172 Revolutionizing health in modern China (6 credits)
HIST2190 Revolutionizing health in modern China (6 credits)
HIST3027 Natural disasters in history, 1700 to present(6 credits)
HIST3065 Workshop in historical research (6 credits)
JAPN2080 Globalizing Japanese Food (6 credits)
LING1000 Introduction to language (6 credits)
LING1004 Language structure for language learning (6 credits)
LING2004 Phonetics: Describing sounds (6 credits)
LING2009 Languages of the world (6 credits)
LING2034 Psycholinguistics (6 credits)
LING2036 Child language (6 credits)
LING2037 Bilingualism (6 credits)
LING2048 Language and cognition (6 credits)
LING2053 Language and the brain (6 credits)
LING2055 Reading development and reading disorders (6 credits)
LING2062 Linguistic research methods (6 credits)
LING2065 Endangered languages: Issues and methods (6 credits)
LING2066 Variation analysis (6 credits)
LING2067 Natural language processing (6 credits)
LING2068 Computational approaches to language (6 credits)
LING2069 Origins of language (6 credits)
LING2070 Historical linguistics: Languages, genes and human migrations (6 credits)
MUSI2059 Music and the mind (6 credits)
PHIL1012 Mind and knowledge: an introduction to philosophy (6 credits)
PHIL1068 Elementary logic (6 credits)
PHIL2000 Tools for Philosophers (6 credits)
PHIL2045 Subjectivity (6 credits)
PHIL2100 Paradoxes of decision (6 credits)
PHIL2101 Paradoxes of Cooperation (6 credits)
PHIL2105 Vagueness, indeterminacy, and uncertainty (6 credits)
PHIL2110 Knowledge (6 credits)
PHIL2115 Skepticism and relativism (6 credits)
PHIL2130 Philosophy of science (6 credits)
PHIL2140 Philosophy of social science (6 credits)
PHIL2210 Metaphysics (6 credits)
PHIL2217 Issues in contemporary metaphysics (6 credits)
PHIL2220 The mind (6 credits)
PHIL2230 Philosophy and cognitive science (6 credits)
PHIL2245 Philosophy and emotions (6 credits)
PHIL2310 Theories of morality (6 credits)
PHIL2312 Probability, epistemology, and ethics (6 credits)
PHIL2315 Value theory (6 credits)
PHIL2320 Happiness (6 credits)
PHIL2341 Bioethics (6 credits)
PHIL2369 Philosophy of nature (6 credits)
PHIL2510 Logic (6 credits)
PHIL2511 Paradoxes (6 credits)
PHIL2520 Philosophy of logic (6 credits)
PHIL2900 Formal epistemology (6 credits)
BIOL1110 From molecules to cells (6 credits)
BIOL1201 Introduction to food & nutrition (6 credits)
BIOL2306 Ecology and evolution (6 credits)
BIOC2600 / Basic biochemistry (6 credits) OR
BIOL2220 Principles of biochemistry (6 credits)
BIOL3204 Nutrition and the life cycle (6 credits)
BIOL3205 Human physiology (6 credits)
BIOL3401 Molecular biology (6 credits)
BIOL3402 Cell biology and cell technology (6 credits)
BIOL3403 Immunology (6 credits)
BIOL4411 Plant and food biotechnology (6 credits)
CHEM1042 General chemistry I (6 credits)
CHEM2441 / Organic chemistry I (6 credits) OR
CHEM2442 Fundamentals of organic chemistry (6 credits)
CHEM3141 Environmental chemistry (6 credits)
CHEM3242 Food and water analysis (6 credits)
CHEM3441 / Organic chemistry II (6 credits) OR
CHEM3442 Organic chemistry of biomolecules (6 credits)
EASC1020 Introduction to climate science (6 credits)
EASC1401 Blue Planet (6 credits)
EASC2401 Fluid/solid interactions in earth processes (6 credits)
EASC2404 Introduction to atmosphere and hydrosphere (6 credits)
EASC3415 Meteorology (6 credits)
ENVS1401 Introduction to Environmental Science (6 credits)
ENVS3010 Sustainable energy and environment (6 credits)
ENVS3020 Global change ecology (6 credits)
ENVS3042 Pollution (6 credits)
ENVS4110 Environmental remediation (6 credits)
MATH1009 Basic Mathematics for Business and Economics (6 credits)
MATH1013 University mathematics II (6 credits)
PHYS1055 How Things Work (6 credits)
PHYS1056 Weather, climate and climate change (6 credits)
SCNC1112 Fundamentals of modern Science (6 credits)
GEOG1003 Contemporary global environmental issues (6 credits)
GEOG1020 Modern Maps in the Age of Big Data (6 credits)
GEOG2013 Sustainable development (6 credits)
GEOG2090 Introduction to geographic information systems (6 credits)
GEOG2126 Globalizing China: the land and the people (6 credits)
GEOG2127 Environmental management (6 credits)
GEOG2138 Hong Kong's environment: issues and policies (6 credits)
GEOG2150 Introduction to China’s environmental and sustainable development issues (6 credits)
GEOG3205 Environmental hazards (6 credits)
GEOG3207 Environmental management: impact assessment (6 credits)
GEOG3213 Ecosystem services and sustainable society (6 credits)
GEOG3214 Corporate social responsibility and environmental auditing (6 credits)
GEOG3304 Tourism Policy and Planning (6 credits)
GEOG3426 Social networks and geography (6 credits)
POLI2107 Introduction to Political Theory (6 credits)
POLI3039 Public policy analysis (6 credits)
POLI3080 Global political economy (6 credits)
POLI3121 Environmental policy (6 credits)
PSYC1001 Introduction to psychology (6 credits)
PSYC1004 Introduction to quantitative methods in psychology (6 credits)
PSYC2007 Cognitive psychology (6 credits)
PSYC2022 Biological psychology (6 credits)
PSYC2035 Introduction to Educational Psychology (6 credits)
PSYC2051 Perception (6 credits)
PSYC2062 Introduction to Psychopathology (6 credits)
PSYC2065 Health psychology (6 credits)
PSYC2066 Foundations of cognitive science (6 credits)
PSYC2067 Seminars in cognitive science (6 credits)
PSYC2101 Foundations of neuroscience (6 credits)
PSYC2102 Seminars in neuroscience (6 credits)
PSYC2110 Developmental neuroscience (6 credits)
PSYC2111 Neurobiological basis of psychological issues (6 credits)
PSYC3054 Human neuropsychology (6 credits)
PSYC3061 Advanced issues in perception (6 credits)
PSYC3068 Advanced cognitive psychology (6 credits)
SOWK1004 Human behaviour and the social environment I (6 credits)
SOWK1012 Communication and counselling skills in everyday life (6 credits)
SOWK1015 Introduction to social policy and social development (6 credits)
SOWK2023 Social policy issues in Hong Kong (6 credits)
SOWK2111 Addictive behaviour (6 credits)
SOWK3091 Mental health sciences and society (6 credits)
SOWK3136 Applications of Big Data Analytics in Social Sciences (6 credits)